Episode 120 | Secret To Making Money While You Sleep – Chat with Tom Panos

We’ve finally got Tom Panos on the show! For those who’s unfamiliar with Tom, he’s the founder of the Real Estate Gym, 5am Club, co-host of the Million Dollar Agent podcast, a weekly commentator on SKY News Business, Channel 602, Real Estate Advertising Director for News Corp and is one of Sydney’s leading Real Estate Auctioneers as well as being a sought-after keynote for the Real Estate industry. On top of that, he’s also an active property investor and has been investing for the past 25 years.

So what will the three of them be chatting about today? Here are some bullet points!

  • How will having a regime in your daily life help you
  • What are Tom’s drives to success and how they’ve changed over time
  • Why playing the long game matters in property investing
  • How did Tom start his portfolio and tips for investors who are looking to do the same
  • Formula for a successful renovation project
  • Tom’s response to those who are concerned with the media’s property boom and bust stories
  • His mentors in life and relationship with Jon McGrath
  • Top 3 tips for buyers looking to bid at auction

 

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Episode 118 | Create Wealth Through Your Assets, Not Your Pay Packet – Chat with Craig Stephens, Managing Director of Jas Stephens

Today’s podcast title is a direct quote from our special guest, Craig Stephens! As the Managing Director of Jas Stephens, with a history spanning over 90 years and four generations and the leading real estate agency in Melbourne’s Inner West, Craig is also an active investor himself who started building his portfolio back in the late 1980s. He started off as a bond trader and worked with Merrill Lynch in London before coming back to Melbourne to take over the family’s business. With his experience, both in the financial and property market, the three of them discuss about:

  • What are the critical elements in a successful business and how similar they are with property portfolios
  • Who motivated him to buy his first property and his investment strategy ever since
  • The market trend for the past 20 years in Melbourne’s inner west
  • What is the Rule of 72 and does property doubles every ten years
  • Who should be on your panel of experts and why only meeting your accountant at tax times isn’t good enough
  • Understanding the risk in buying a property
  • Tips for buyers when dealing with real estate agents and when to get in touch

 

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

  • REA Video | Having trouble saving? Time to forecast your finances >> Watch here
  • Recommended Book | Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill >> Learn more
  • Bryce’s Life Hack | How I organise Evernote by Michael Hyatt >> Read here
  • CoreLogic | Quarterly Housing & Economic Review – April 2017 Release >> Download here
  • CoreLogic | May Home Value Index >> Read here

 

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Episode 116 | Q&A – How does Guarantor Loan actually works, Fixing a Joint Venture, Investing in WA and more

It’s Question and Answer time!  Now, we answered a few questions in the last episode but realised that we wouldn’t be able to respond to all of your questions at this rate, so we will be doing a Facebook Live very soon. Stay tuned for that!

On another note, there’s an exciting announcement at the end of this episode so make sure you stick around. And here are the questions that we would be answering today:

 

  • Question on Guarantor Loan from Kate:

My partner and I earn a combined gross income of roughly $130,000 annually. We have a small amount of savings – about $5000 (remember we’re getting married). But really nowhere near the amount needed for a deposit on our first home. Listening to your episode about guarantors got me thinking. Is it possible to borrow the full amount for an invest-grade property in Newcastle? Do banks really loan 105% with interest only repayments so that we can continue putting money into an offset account? Or are we better to wait and rent and continue saving?

My parents have been lucky enough to own a home in Sydney that has enjoyed the crazy house price growth. Their home would be worth at least $1.5 million at the moment. How long would my parents need to be guarantors – would it be until we had saved 20% of the loan? Perhaps in our offset account? Or would it be until the full amount was paid down?

My dad is from the generation of debt is bad and avoids risks. If you thought this was a smart move, do you have any tips on how to explain the risk/benefits so that he can understand?

 

  • Question on “To Hold or Sell” from Warren: Hi ‘couchers’, thank you for your entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking podcasts. I’d like to know what your thoughts are on rescuing a situation where someone has an investment property they’ve had for 10 years that isn’t performing. Cut the losses and look to replace it, or hang onto it? (I bought this place at age 20 on apprentice wages, it was all I could afford) Thanks! (specifics: paid $195k, current market value $240k, current rent $270/wk)

 

  • Question on Property Investing in WA from Daniel:

My partner and I recently bought a duplex (2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 living rooms, 475 m2) in Spearwood for $400,000. We have $112,000 equity in the property and $73,000 cash in our offset. Our salaries are $50,000 p/a for my partner and $71,000 p/a for myself, and we do not plan to have children for another 5 years. There is an opportunity to buy the second duplex (also a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, with a small granny flat at the back) for $385,000. The site is zoned R40 on 950 m2 (we see a 4 property potential), 3 km from the new Port Coogee Marina, the North Coogee development estate and the potential South Fremantle Power Station development bringing 6,000 new high-density houses/apartments into the area. We are 300 m from the local shopping centre and 5 km from the satellite employment hub of Fremantle (Bryce’s old hood). It ticks all the lifestyle boxes bar being near a train station (it is currently challenging to access the freeway to the Perth CBD). My two part question is:

  1. I am currently weighing up the opportunity cost. What is your inference of Spearwood as a potential “wave rider” suburb piggy backing off the growth of the coastal development? Do you feel that it would have long-term, consistent capital growth or a short term upswing, followed by a flattening capital growth and thus be better to buy into a blue chip area?
  2. As a first time investor, would it be wise to buy the adjacent duplex and land bank the asset, then develop the land after we have acquired several more properties in our portfolio or focus on the subdivision straight off the bat?

 

  • Question on Joint Venture from Tristan:o

I am in a bit of a bind and require some help. I currently have 4 properties. PPOR, a house in country VIC (Nathalia) that my father rents, a house in Frankston (that’s had 10% growth in 5 months!) and the front house on a sub dived block in Seaford.

The last 2 properties were purchased with friends as tenants in common.

I wanted to try and get another property with just my wife and so (as my friend has changed his plans a bit) I spoke to a well-regarded mortgage broker and they told me that the banks have changed the rules and that now they take the full loan amounts of the split properties and only half the rent!?

This destroys my serviceability. I am now not sure what to do, my friend is moving interstate and will not be ready to buy again for 2 years. (which I think my turn into 5 years) and I am keen to keep purchasing.

Should I concentrate on paying down the debt on my PPOR (280k worth 750k) or look at selling one of the joint houses (to gain the serviceability)?

 

And here are Free Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

 

 

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Episode 114 (Part 2) | How One Punch Turned Into A Property Empire – Chat with Brad Teal, Director of Brad Teal Real Estate

Following on from Part One, the second part with Brad Teal focused on Victoria’s new underquoting laws that came into effect on the 1st May 2017. For those new to the real estate industry, underquoting as defined by the Consumer Affairs of Victoria is: Underquoting can occur when a property is advertised at a price that is less than the estimated selling price, the seller’s asking price, or at a price already rejected by the seller. You can learn more about this new regulation here.

So for this part, the three of them discussed:

  • How was this new underquoting law introduced and the logic behind it
  • What changes will the new regulation impose on the real estate industry and will it be introduced to the other states
  • Traits of a good selling agent and the research that a vendor can conduct
  • The different demands on certain property type in different market
  • What does he think about the buy and hold strategy
  • What success mean to him

 

ps: And if you are interested in Ben’s “Did You Know” Facts, click here.

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Episode 114 (Part 1) | How One Punch Turned Into A Property Empire – Chat with Brad Teal, Director of Brad Teal Real Estate

The last episode of our Elite Agent Series is with Brad Teal, Director and Founder of Brad Teal Real Estate! Born and raised in Melbourne’s north-west coupled with more than 40 years of experience in the real estate industry, Brad’s understanding of the real estate market, property trends in the area and local facilities and amenities is second to none. And how did he build up his property empire? It all started with a punch in the face! Find out more on today’s podcast.

For the first part of this episode, Bryce, Ben and Brad also chat about:

  • How Melbourne’s north-west has changed over the years and the gentrification that had happened
  • What are considered as investment grade assets and why he’s interested in ‘bullet-proof’ properties
  • Setting the right expectation on rental returns and tips to increase yield
  • Is there any investment potential in one bedroom apartments?
  • New vs old apartments and the impact of high-density development on the suburbs
  • Mistakes buyers make at auction
  • Transparency in the buying process
  • Understanding the auction system

 

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Episode 112 | Inside The Mind Of An Elite Agent – Chat with Tim Heavyside, Director of Fletchers

Carrying on with our real estate agent season, today we have another special guest star Tim Heavyside on the show with Bryce and Ben. An award winning Real Estate Agent, Director and Auctioneer for Fletchers Real Estate, Tim has an impressive professional history in this industry dating back 15 years. As a very knowledgeable and personable star on the show, there is no doubt that you will receive some interesting advice and will be listening to some absolute gold in today’s episode.

In this episode Bryce, Ben and Tim talk about the following topics:

  • Tim’s professional background and how he moved on from being a travel agent to Real Estate
  • What motivated him to excel in the industry and his motto in life
  • The skills and traits a vendor should look for when engaging a real estate agent
  • What are the four different scenarios when selling your property
  • Pre-auction offer and which is the best week (or which day of the week!) to offer them
  • Behavioural techniques to employ when buying at an auction
  • The best property advice he’s been given
  • The best property deal he made and why

 

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